Once you have drafted your CV or covering letter you can get it checked out by a Careers Adviser. Make sure you watch or read the guides below before booking an appointment. Details on how to make an appointment or get feedback by e-mail can be found in the contact us page.
The USW Careers guide to CVs.
These examples will give you ideas on how to format your CV and the different styles and approaches you can take:
- Academic CV (Prospects.ac.uk)
- Creative CV Guide
- Early Years CV
- Engineering CV (Targetjobs)
- IT CV (Prospects.ac.uk)
- Law CV
- Nursing CV
- Legal CV (Targetjobs)
- Part-time job CV
- Teaching CV (Prospects.ac.uk)
- Welsh Language CV
- Interactive Video CV
Take a look at our Pinterest page with examples of creative CVs.
(Please note these are re-pinned CVs from other sources)
Online CVs or portfolios are becoming increasingly the norm in the working environment. It is a good idea to develop an e-portfolio while you are studying, or begin using sites such as Linkedin so that they are of a high standard when you graduate. Our guide, Build your Linkedin profile, takes you through how to build your profile to get the most out of Linkedin.
Although these are not very common in the workplace, they are becoming more so. Certain industries are more likely to suit this type of CV such as presenting, media and multimedia. If you are thinking of creating a video CV, do so with caution, if it doesn’t look professional it’s probably not worth it. Take a look at the following before you create a video CV:
Example Video CVs:
Whether completing paper or on-line applications, preparation is the key. Before starting the application it is essential to be clear about the selection criteria and what the employer is looking for.
You need to stand out from the crowd with only limited space to sell yourself. Make it easy for the employer to see how you match the requirements of the job.
Your Guide to Making Applications
A checklist of useful tips on how to tackle applications.
If you want to get your draft application checked out, or would like some advice on how to tackle those ‘difficult’ questions, make an appointment with a Careers Adviser
Application Related Links
- bab.la – Foreign language phrases – phrases useful for CVs and applications in foreign languages.
- Prospects – Applications and Interviews
- Targetjobs – Essential Advice’ – Applications
To be really successful in the job market you need to know what employers will be looking for in the selection process.
Promoting your Skills in Job Applications
S.T.A.R. Technique on Employability Tools – To make the most of your interview, you need to provide good answers. The S.T.A.R technique is a structured method of answering interview questions with the information the interviewer is looking for.
Your Guide to Covering Letters – Know how to create an impressive covering letter or watch the video below.
These examples will give you ideas on how to format your covering letter and the different styles and approaches you can take.
- Graduate Placement Covering Letter
- Sandwich Placement – Accountancy – Covering Letter
- Work Experience Covering Letter
- Sandwich Placement – Engineering – Covering Letter
- Graduate Training Scheme Covering letter
- Speculative Media Covering Letter
- Work Experience – Law – Covering Letter
- Graduate Trainee – HR – Covering Letter
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